Beloved Andy Griffith lives on… in beloved Seinfeld reruns?

Celebrities have been flooding Twitter this week to express their condolences and share their memories of the TV legend, who died Tuesday. Tweets can be removed. Posts can be forgotten. But Jerry Seinfeld’s tribute is, shall we say, more prolific and enduring.

Andy Seinfeld Tribute

Famous faces from Betty White to Andy Griffith’s TV son Ron Howard paid homage to the TV legend who died at his home in North Carolina Tuesday.

Yesterday, it was also reported the 86-year-old’s death was caused by a heart attack, and that he suffered from coronary artery disease and hypertension.

As nice as the sentiments from famous and not-so-famous fans alike may be, perhaps the most touching tribute came from a legend in his own right — Jerry Seinfeld.

“The reason every ‘Seinfeld’ character greeted with “Hey,(name)” was secret tribute to #andygriffithshow #true #andyandbarn4ever,” the comedian tweeted to his more than 1 million followers.

Remember that?

If you don’t, check out this example, which features wacky Kramer barreling through the door as he often did. Many “hey’s” can be heard here.

Now that it’s all coming back to you, the 1960s series that made Griffith a household name — the aptly-titled Andy Griffith Show — also featured a lot of “Hey’s.”

If the iconic whistling was the signature sound of the series, “Hey, Andy” was the signature line for it.

Griffith played Mayberry’s sheriff, and later went on to gain a new generation of followers in the 1980s and 1990s when he played a lawyer in Matlock.

Kind of makes us wonder what Seinfeld may have up his sleeve by way of tributes to legends in his upcoming projects.

He’s poised to roll out Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on later this month.

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